Would you let YOUR MAN do your MAKEUP?

THREE WOMEN DID. AND FOUND OUT WHETHER THEIR PART­NERS COULD DO MORE THAN JUST COLOUR IN­SIDE THE LINES

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CELEBRITY - WORDS LAUREN VO­GES

men have long claimed to pre­fer their part­ners with­out make-up or with as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, so Marie Claire chal­lenged three men to take over their loved one’s make-up kit and see what they would get up to if they had full con­trol. Here are the re­sults.

ELANA AFRIKA, 34, RA­DIO AND TV PRE­SEN­TER,AND IAN BRE­DENKAMP,36, RA­DIO PRE­SEN­TER ELANA AND IAN HAVE BEEN MAR­RIED FOR A YEAR

Elana: ‘Ian is a pain­ter and he has helped me to dye my hair be­fore so I wasn’t wor­ried about him ap­ply­ing my make-up for me. I trust him im­plic­itly. He can’t do any­thing wrong in my eyes, so I was to­tally re­laxed. When we started the chal­lenge, how­ever, I started get­ting a lit­tle ner­vous. I could feel the make-up go­ing all over the place and I just wanted to help him. I ended up giv­ing him a few tips like shak­ing the brush be­fore ap­ply­ing blusher and fill­ing in my eye­brows. When I saw what the end re­sult looked like I just laughed; with the bright lip and green eyes, it was a lit­tle more dar­ing than any­thing I would usu­ally wear. I left it on for the rest of the day, but only be­cause he did it – I wouldn’t let him put make-up on me again.’

IAN: ‘I felt quite con­fi­dent about do­ing Elana’s makeup.The ob­ject of the chal­lenge, for me, was to make my

al­ready beau­ti­ful wife look even more beau­ti­ful. I didn’t have much of a game plan ex­cept to use my in­tu­ition and sense of good taste. When I saw all the make-up, I re­al­ized I had a lot to fig­ure out, like which brushes to use where. It was quite dif­fi­cult. When I was putting on the eye shadow the prob­lem for me was not where to start, but when to stop! I felt like I could just carry on go­ing. I had no idea that I needed to put some­thing on Elana’s eye­brows, but she sug­gested that I should and it looked great. I en­joyed the chal­lenge be­cause it was fun.’

AIMEE-NOEL MBIYOZO, 35, IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AF­FAIRS CON­SUL­TANT, AND MPHO MBIYOZO, 31, PRO­FES­SIONAL RUGBY PLAYER AIMEE-NOEL AND MPHO HAVE BEEN TO­GETHER FOR 10 YEARS

Aimee-Noel: ‘I never re­ally use make-up so, other than the ba­sics, I don’t re­ally know how to wear it. And Mpho is a to­tal “jock” so I don’t think he has any idea what to do. Be­fore we started the chal­lenge, I told him my only rule was that he couldn’t use any ex­treme colours, like black, but other than that he had free reign. It seemed like he was ex­cited to make me look like a clown – and, even though I didn’t mind, I was just a lit­tle anx­ious. He was pretty funny to watch when he was ap­ply­ing; he just sort of stabbed at my lips and my eyes with dif­fer­ent brushes. When I saw the fin­ished prod­uct, my first thought was that I looked like the Wizard of Oz! I couldn’t wait to take it off. I def­i­nitely wouldn’t go out like that, but I think he did an ex­cel­lent job for a first time.’

Mpho: ‘I don’t know much about make-up at all but I thought this wouldn’t be too dif­fi­cult. I didn’t have much of a strat­egy go­ing into the chal­lenge; I just went for the colours that stood out. When I was ap­ply­ing all the dif­fer­ent things, I re­al­ized how dif­fi­cult it ac­tu­ally is. The eyes were def­i­nitely my main fo­cus and, as you can see, I fo­cused on the eye shadow. I don’t think it turned out too badly, but I def­i­nitely wouldn’t take her out like this. Make-up is one of the rea­sons I’m glad I’m a man – I couldn’t imag­ine hav­ing to do that ev­ery day.’

GE­NINE LOTZ, 42, STAY-AT-HOME MOM, AND PAUL LOTZ, 37, CHEMIST GE­NINE AND PAUL HAVE BEEN TO­GETHER FOR TWO YEARS

Ge­nine: didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect from Paul. My make-up rou­tine con­sists of lip gloss and some eye­liner at best, so he didn’t have much of a ref­er­ence point. I thought he would do a de­cent job though. At least, I hoped he would. When we sat down and I saw the con­fused look on his face as he looked at all the make-up, I could just imag­ine him putting lip­stick on my eye­lids. He started by ap­ply­ing some lip­stick. It felt strange to sit and have Paul ap­ply my make-up – def­i­nitely a sit­u­a­tion out­side of my com­fort zone. I tried to sit as still as I could, but my anx­i­ety got the bet­ter of me and I couldn’t help but guide him ev­ery now and then. The po­ten­tial for con­fu­sion over eye shadow and lip­stick was ever-present in my mind. By the time I looked in the mir­ror, I was ac­tu­ally quite im­pressed. I would let him do it again, but I don’t think I would go out like this.’

Paul: ‘I’d never done any­thing like this be­fore and I knew it would be dif­fi­cult. I didn’t have a spe­cific strat­egy – my beau­ti­ful wife hardly ever wears make-up, but I had two things in mind: black eyes and red lips. Though, even men­tion­ing that made Ge­nine look even more anx­ious. When I saw all the make-up that I had to work with it all looked very con­fus­ing and it took some ex­plain­ing for me to re­mem­ber which pal­ettes were for which part of her face. I didn’t know where to put ev­ery­thing and what to use to put it on. When I got my bear­ings, I did her lips first and de­cided they would be the main fea­ture. I think I was chan­nelling Moulin Rouge or Madame Zin­gara, which is where the pur­ple in­spi­ra­tion came from; but, on the whole, I don’t think I did too badly.’

ELANA WEARS LACE AP­PLIQUÉ DRESS, R1 799, MARI AND ME. IAN WEARS DENIM SHIRT, R499, ZARA; WHITE T-SHIRT, R339, TOP­SHOP;

CHI­NOS, IAN’S OWN.

NO

AIMEE-NOEL WEARS BLUE PRINTED SHIFT DRESS, R559, ZARA. MPHO

WEARS BUT­TON-UP SHIRT, R499,

TOP­MAN; TROUSERS, MPHO’S OWN.

YES

GE­NINE WEARS SHIFT DRESS, R999, ZARA. PAUL WEARS SWEAT­SHIRT, R559, ZARA;

TROUSERS, PAUL’S OWN.

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